IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Friday's Mini-Report

Today's edition of quick hits:

* In the wake of North Korea's humiliation, what's next? "Most analysts believe the failed test will encourage the military ... to take some provocative action to bolster its credentials, increasing the likelihood of a nuclear test that the country appeared to already be preparing."

* Did the 2008 bailouts turn a profit? More on this next week.

* Falling gas prices? "Thanks to easing demand from a slowing global economy and increased production from Saudi Arabia, the oil market is coming off a two-year cycle of tightening supply, according to the International Energy Agency."

* Progress: "U.S.-Pakistan relations took a leap forward on Friday, when Islamabad agreed to a plan to reopen vital supply routes to American and coalition forces in Afghanistan."

* Tulsa shootings: "Oklahoma prosecutors filed murder and hate crime charges Friday against two men arrested in an Easter weekend shooting spree that left three people dead and terrorized Tulsa's black community."

* The White House today released the tax returns for the Obamas and Bidens. No word yet from the Romneys.

* Big ruling from the 9th Circuit: "Reversing a decades-old rule, a federal appeals court said on Thursday that public television and radio stations could not be prohibited from broadcasting paid political advertisements."

* Komen grants are, in fact, going to Planned Parenthood, as they're supposed to.

* It's actually a good thing that more workers are quitting their jobs than being laid off. That's "a sign that the labor market is improving."

* The trend continues: two more companies sever their ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

* And following up on an earlier item, "Sh** Allen West Says" debuts.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.